North Fork Bancorp said Thursday that a judge's decision to bar Salomon Smith Barney from acting as its adviser in a hostile takeover attempt of Dime Bancorp would "have no impact" on the outcome of the battle.

John Adam Kanas, chief executive officer of Melville, N.Y.-based North Fork, said in an interview that Dime's success in getting Salomon temporarily blocked as adviser was "consistent with Dime management's behavior - trying to take everyone's eye off the ball."

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